DanceWorks Chicago Internship

EXCEL collaborates with DanceWorks Chicago (DWC)  for an internship opportunity exclusively for SMTD dance majors. The internship will include opportunities to learn about and contribute to administrative and artistic areas as a member of Team DWC with a focus on New Dances 2022, a partnership with Thodos Dance Chicago, providing creative and performance opportunities for Chicago-based movers and makers. The intern will be eligible for a stipend from EXCEL and will have the chance to take complimentary DWC classes during the internship.

Next Gems: DWC welcomes young people to our creative incubator to learn, grow, contribute, discover, succeed, fail, fly, share. DWC supports the journey of BECOMING. Next Gems is DanceWorks Chicago’s internship program focused on developing next gen arts administrators, complementing our commitment to early career dance artists.

Internship dates:  May 16-July 2 (TOTAL: 7 weeks)
10-15 hours per week, some evenings/weekends likely, hybrid work arrangement possible

Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022 (5pm EST)

Founded in 2007, DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) is a creative incubator that focuses on the development of young people to foster a diverse next generation of dance artists through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. DWC fills a niche in the dance ecosystem. Where the traditional dance company model focuses on putting dances on stage, DWC invests in and shines a spotlight on the individual artists. Committed to fostering a culture that values inclusivity relating to artists and their collaborators, the work of art, and the audience served, DWC brings people together with a wide range of skills, approaches, and experience.

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SEASON 15: Find Your Light is the theme of DanceWorks Chicago’s 15th anniversary season. 

FUN FACT: DWC dancers are 18-25 years old, providing a fun, natural networking environment!


The internship will include opportunities to learn about and contribute to administrative and artistic areas as part of DWC’s three-person office:

  • Administrative Support: facilitate smooth communication with artists, partners, vendors, funders, and audiences.
  • Artistic/Production Support: bring programming to life in-person and/or via digital platforms.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated passion for the arts, commUNITY spirit, and an entrepreneurial mindset! Excellent communication skills, attention to detail while remaining focused on the big picture, deadline-responsiveness, problem-solving mindset, adaptability, common sense, curiosity, and sense of humor are appreciated! Proficiency with technology and social media (Facebook & Instagram) a PLUS! Some evening/weekend work may be required.

DanceWorks Chicago is a fully vaccinated organization, including artists, administrators, and audiences.


The selected student will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 from EXCEL to cover the costs associated with participating (lodging, travel, food, etc.).


Applications are submitted online and in the interest of diversifying the application process, please select from the following options:

  1. a one-page cover letter OR a one-minute video detailing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the internship
  2. a resumé (two page maximum)
  3. a recommendation letter OR a one-minute video from an SMTD faculty mentor

Complete applications are DUE: March 11, 2022 (5pm EST)

Internship Timeline

DanceWorks Chicago Co-founder and Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa will conduct individual interviews with select applicants via Zoom on Thursday, March 17. Each candidate who was granted an interview will be informed of their status by Sunday, March 20, 2022. The invited applicant should be prepared to accept or decline the offer within 48 hours of receipt.